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National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis

Project Description

NCEAS, NESCent, and other synthesis centers, were created to improve scientific understanding and help solve complex social and environmental problems by organizing collaborations among researchers with diverse scientific skills and expertise. Resulting research has substantially improved knowledge of these issues, but little is known about how scientists in these centers collaborate and how they can improve their performance. We propose to organize a meeting which will draw together an international, interdisciplinary group of scientists to apply the scientific method to the research process itself. It will analyze how scientists involved in these centers work together and how they can do so more effectively.

Principal Investigator(s)

John N. Parker, Edward J. Hackett

Project Dates

Start: October 1, 2011

End: September 30, 2012



Stefano Allesina
University of Chicago
Winslow Burleson
Arizona State University
Beatrice Crona
Stockholm University
Jonathon N Cummings
Duke University
Edward J. Hackett
Arizona State University
Stephanie E. Hampton
University of California, Santa Barbara
Peter Kareiva
The Nature Conservancy
Erin Leahey
University of Arizona
Craig R. McClain
National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent)
John N. Parker
Arizona State University
Bart Penders
Maastricht University
Ismael Rafols
University of Sussex
Niki Vermeulen
University of Manchester
Ann Zimmerman
University of Michigan